Music and Mass General. These are the two things Andrew Marshall credits with saving his life, leading him to live out his passion for music today as a contestant on “The Voice.”
Think wintry weather is the only thing contributing to your cold? Think again. Nutrition plays a major role in ensuring your immune system stays healthy. You wouldn’t go out in a snowstorm without a coat for protection: don’t forget to equip your body with the nutrients it needs to fight infection.
Boost Your Defenses:
1. Vitamin A
Vitamin A helps fight off infection by assisting in the production of white blood cells, which attack harmful bacteria and viruses. It also ensures your skin, mucous membranes and intestines are durable enough to prevent harmful bacteria from entering your body. Eggs, milk, liver, carrots, cantaloupe, papaya, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale, mango, apricots, and red peppers are all good sources.
2. Vitamin C
Vitamin C helps skin heal from cuts and scrapes. This is particularly important during winter months because bacteria have a hard time penetrating healthy skin, which is your body’s first line of defense against pathogens. Most people only need 60 to 90 milligrams per day. The goal is prevention: studies show once you get sick, more vitamin C won’t help much. Each of the following suggestions will meet daily needs.
Probiotics are friendly bacteria that help regulate your immune system by keeping the ratio of ‘good’ versus ‘bad’ bacteria in balance. Studies have shown probiotics may help maintain your gut’s protective barrier. Foods containing probiotics include: yogurt, kefir, cheese, kimchi and miso.
Even a modest deficiency of zinc can affect your ability to fight infections. More studies are needed to determine if zinc supplementation is beneficial in reducing cold symptoms, but supplements appear to boost the immune system when zinc levels are already low.
- Feb | 12 | 2021
After a successful launch on the pediatric inpatient units, the Journals of Hope Program has expanded into the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, where patients and families can find strength and hope through the power of writing.
- Jan | 22 | 2021
Dismorfia de Zoom: Cómo las llamadas frecuentes por Zoom podrían estar cambiando la forma en que nos percibimos a nosotros mismos
Al principio parecía inofensivo, pero a medida que la pandemia continúa, no puedo evitar darme cuenta de cómo las llamadas de Zoom podrían estar desencadenando nuevas inseguridades. ¿Siempre hemos tenido este aspecto? ¿Estamos utilizando filtros para mejorar nuestra apariencia?
- Patient Education
- Jan | 21 | 2021
With recommendations to stay at home this winter to help stop the spread of COVID-19, David Mischoulon, MD, PhD, offers insights on SAD and how to stay well at home this winter.
- Dec | 9 | 2020
Parenting is always a balancing act and raising a child with a chronic illness poses extra challenges. Watch this video to discover ways to prevent, recognize and manage emotional distress that can improve the health of the entire family.
- Dec | 4 | 2020
In this recent presentation, Kristina Skarbinski, MSN, FNP-BC, describes both common and uncommon symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). She then outlines management strategies including lifestyle modifications, types of medicine and surgical options.